In a presentation to the City yesterday, Johnston Press (UK) went public about their efforts to convert 70 traditional newsrooms into multimedia operations, starting with the Lancashire Evening Post in Preston.
Their key partner? The Department of Journalism team at UCLan.
Department head Mike Ward, author of Journalism Online and an initiator of the Journalism Leaders Programme, coordinated the team who advised on Johnston's strategy and helped refine the planning for implementation – and who continue to provide management and skills training.
Research in this area also continues with the Johnston Press Chair in Digital Journalism Development (described by Les Hinton, executive chairman of News International and a Johnston Press director, as "one the most sensible corporate investments I have seen for a long time.")
Others worldwide who also want to build the capacity - and confidence - to lead journalism in a digital age can participate in our flexible and highly-rated Journalism Leaders Programme, which is currently accepting applications for the next block. More details are available on our website .